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Teen Suspect in Cop Assault Taser-Zapped Nine Times

Burlington, Vermont -- December 18, 2006

A Stowe teenager is facing drug and assault charges in an incident that got him zapped nine times with a taser.

Steven Royce,18, assaulted Burlington police officer Keith O'Gorman in a city parking garage on Sunday, according to O'Gorman's affidavit filed at the Burlington District court on Monday.

O'Gorman had been dispatched to the garage in response to a complaint about suspicious activity, according to his account.

O'Gorman writes that he found Royce and a friend on the 4th floor, apparently drinking beer.

As he approached them, Royce ran, tossed away what appeared to be a small baggie containing a white powdery substance.  O'Gorman grabbed him, but Royce punched him and elbowed him in the face and throat, according to the officer's account.

The officer writes that he "shot Royce with my taser device on the left side of his body," but Royce "kept trying to get to his feet after each (five-second) taser cycle."

"As a result of all the circumstances and fearing for my safety, I kept applying taser cycles to Royce until another officer came to my assistance. I later learned that Royce received nine taser cycles, " wrote Officer O'Gorman in his affidavit.

Police say the baggie was found to contain 3.7 grams of cocaine and a "tarry" substance which has not yet been identified.  

O'Gorman writes that, "Royce was later evaluated for the taser exposures and medically cleared."

At a Monday court hearing Royce pleaded innocent to charges of assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, and cocaine possession.

Court records indicate Royce was free on pre-trial release for a series of criminal charges he picked up over the last two months, including retail theft, assault by menace, three charges of burglary, disorderly conduct, and auto theft.

Royce was ordered held on cash bail set at $10,000.

Brian Joyce - Channel 3 News

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